Hodgson Gives Update On Schlupp’s Return To Fitness

0 Posted by - February 8, 2018 - News

With Crystal Palace having to cope with a genuine injury crisis in recent weeks, their manager Roy Hodgson has worked wonders by amassing a run of just two defeats in 15 games and now he’s disclosed some positive news on the fitness of Jeffrey Schlupp.

The former Leicester man had been expected to be out until mid-April when he first sustained his injury away to Brighton back in January but now, the gaffer seems confident of the Ghanaian reaching full fitness in March instead, offering some extra cover for Patrick van Aanholt and Pape Souare on the left-hand side.

Whilst Van Aanholt has performed extremely well in recent weeks, Schlupp’s return to the side would potentially free up the Dutchman to play in a more advanced role on the left wing, in the absence of Palace talisman Wilfried Zaha. Against Newcastle last Sunday, Pat was providing a real threat in the final third, prompting me to think that any system which allows him to bomb forward without the same degree of defensive responsibility may work well.

Of course, we’d all rather have a fully fit Wilfried Zaha occupying the left winger’s spot but with Bakary Sako also sidelined for the foreseeable future, the phrase “beggars can’t be choosers” is catapulted to the front of my mind.

With a trip to face Big Sam’s Everton at Goodison Park on the immediate horizon we’ll be forced to field a Premier League XI that doesn’t include the aforementioned Zaha for the first time in months, making Patrick’s job all the more important on Merseyside. You would hope that he’ll take the good form he’s enjoyed in recent weeks and run with it against the Toffees but you really can never be sure as to how he’ll perform from week to week.

Thankfully, we retain the services of the aforementioned Pape Souare as a reserve on the left-hand side of defence, giving Roy Hodgson some peace of mind but there’s nothing to be gained from attempting to sugar-coat the mess we currently find ourselves in when it comes to squad depth.

With a two-week gap set to come after this weekend’s trip to the north west, Roy and his coaching staff will be relieved men; all we can do now is cross our fingers and hope that we don’t receive any more bad news in the next few days.

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  • t.carter February 8, 2018 - 8:52 am Reply

    i want to know why palace,have had so many injuries this season.clearly somethings going on.we have hardly had a true first eleven out for months.it,s more a case of can we hang on,to stay up.unless that carthorse benteke suddenly produces,a few goals. on second thought,s,the odds on the lottery sound better.

    • Jose Fonte baby? Jose Fonte? Oh oh oh February 8, 2018 - 9:58 am Reply

      Perhaps the problem lies with the strength and conditioning coach as we seem to get a lot of impact injuries?

  • Jose Fonte baby? Jose Fonte? Oh oh oh February 8, 2018 - 9:56 am Reply

    Completely agree that PVA has been excelling at LB lately. However, i think our best bet is to push him up to the wing and let Riedewald play LB with Zaha out. McArthur is not a wide player and Lokilo/Lumeka should be used from the bench.

    • admin February 8, 2018 - 10:02 am Reply

      I’ve never seen Jairo operate on the left side of defence but he’s comfortable there it’s certainly an option.

      • Jose Fonte baby? Jose Fonte? Oh oh oh February 8, 2018 - 10:31 am Reply

        He played for Ajax in the Europa League final against Man Ut, was against Mata and didn’t play too badly. I think he played there quite often for Ajax and he scored two goals on his debut in that position too.

        The Dutch O’Shea

        • admin February 8, 2018 - 10:54 am Reply

          Did he play there that day?!!

          My god, I feel ashamed for not knowing that. May try to get hold of a copy.

          • Jose Fonte baby? Jose Fonte? Oh oh oh February 8, 2018 - 11:09 am

            I know he got forced out to the left a lot in his last season due to the De Light/Sanchez partnership and Schone playing at CDM.

            I am fairly sure he played LB, CB and CDM in equal amounts for Ajax but CB is his preferred position.

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